Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Look at this adorable book my sister whittled for me.  Love the purple and the deckle-edged pages.

Look how she even made the indent on the side.  :)


Early Galley Giveaway of Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak

The Blog Tour for SEVEN DAYS OF US begins on October 17

My review will be on Tuesday, November 7 - stop back to see what this book is all about.  
It sounds fun!  Could you spend SEVEN whole days with your entire family?  :)
All information in this post is courtesy of Lauren Burnstein.
The giveaway copy is "Courtesy of Penguin Random House." 

 I am partnering with Penguin Random House for this giveaway.

Your next feel-good read is here! 

If you “like your families dysfunctional and your novels whip-smart*,” enter the giveaway for Francesca Hornak’s bright, wryly-observed family drama SEVEN DAYS OF US and stop back for the tour beginning October 17.  

A week is a long time to spend with your family. Now imagine being quarantined with them over Christmas. 

That’s the delicious premise in SEVEN DAYS OF US, about a dysfunctional British family forced into quarantine together. Eldest daughter Olivia, a doctor, has just returned from treating a life-threatening virus in Africa and must spend seven days in quarantine.

Her family, forced into lockdown with her, decides to spend the week in their crumbling and isolated country manor, Weyfield Hall. Each arrives carrying secrets and simmering resentments.

With the Birch family under one roof for the first time in years, keeping secrets is no longer an option. And when a shocking, unexpected visitor arrives, the family’s pressurized state will boil over, spilling problems—and possibly the deadly virus—outside the gates of Weyfield Hall.

In residence with Olivia are her unabashedly frivolous younger sister Phoebe, fixated on her upcoming wedding; father Andrew, sequestered in his study writing scathing restaurant reviews and longing for his glory days as a war correspondent; and sweet bumbling matriarch Emma, who’s hiding a secret that will turn the whole family upside down. Anyone who loves their family—in small doses—will relate to the inner thoughts of each character. 

This Is Where I Leave You meets “Love Actually” in SEVEN DAYS OF US


August 16 - August 23

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

At Wave's End by Patricia Perry Donovan

You won a bed and breakfast in yet another contest, Mom?  Please say I am not hearing you correctly?

Poor Faith.  Her mother, Connie, has always entered contests ever since she was a child and has never won, but then she wins this one which seems unbelievable because of the prize.  Connie has won this prize after writing an essay about why she should win the bed and breakfast, and Connie is determined to come all the way from New Mexico to claim and see her prize.

Faith lives in New York City and accompanies her mother to the bed and breakfast at Wave's End at the Jersey Shore.  As predicted, the place is in bad shape and nothing like the pictures in the contest.

As Faith argues with her mother about the "prize," a hurricane is making its way up the coast.  Faith goes back to New York and then returns as the hurricane is gaining in intensity to make sure her mother is safe.  

Faith finds more than she wants to find when she returns with her mother's impulsiveness being a very big problem this time.

AT WAVE'S END is an enjoyable read with characters that were very believable and lovable. A mother/daughter team is always a treat because it can go two ways:  the best it can be or the worst it can be.  :)

You will be comparing your relationship with your mother and might see some similarities as well as differences.

Secrets kept for a long time and finally revealed are part of AT WAVE'S END, but do they bring mother and daughter closer or farther apart?

Food was another major component with three of the characters being chefs, and who doesn't like to talk about food and gorgeous kitchens?

If you need a fun, light, heartwarming read that shows the resiliency of and the generosity of mankind, then you will not want to miss AT WAVE'S END.

It has something for everyone and the reason I enjoy women's, love, tenderness, surprises, a few tears, and warmth.

ENJOY!!  I certainly did.  5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the author in return for an honest review.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

And The Winner is....ME!!

I won First Place and Champion in the County Fair for my Basil and Pesto bread.  :)

How about that?  :)

Friday, August 11, 2017

Book Blogger Hop - 8/11 - 8/17

 Question of the Week:

Do you participate in readathons and/or reading challenges? (submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)


My Answer:

Challenges are not for me.

The only challenge I participate in every year is Goodreads.

Readathons and challenges that have BINGO-style suggestions for books and reading certain genres or books with certain letters or words is just too stressful for me.

I like to enjoy my reading with "no strings attached."  :)

Friendly Fill-Ins - 8/11/2017

I am with my sister, and we are being silly and having fun filling these out. 

1. Blind dates ______.

2. ____years ago, I ____.

3. I admire           because           .

4.           makes me think             .


1.  Blind dates are when I forgot my glasses.

2.  Twenty years ago, I was twenty years younger.

3.  I admire ants because they are so strong.

4.  Baking my bread makes me think of winning a blue ribbon again in the County Fair.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley Giveaway

All the content in this post is courtesy of Danielle Dill.

The giveaway copy is "Courtesy of Penguin Random House." I am partnering with Penguin Random House for this giveaway.
What happens when a major social media fail airs all your dirty laundry?

This is the delicious premise behind KEEP ME POSTED—a novel about two sisters that become Internet sensations when their most private thoughts accidentally go viral.

Touching on themes of love, marriage, and the bond of sisters, KEEP ME POSTED will have readers thinking about the secrets we trust to be kept just that, and the real-life likes and dislikes from millions of strangers if those secrets were to be revealed. Sure to resonate with fans of Jennifer Weiner and Jane Green, Beazley’s fresh debut is a funny and heartwarming look at modern marriage, social media, and sisterhood. 


Two sisters share the surprising highs and cringe worthy lows of social media fame, when their most private thoughts become incredibly public in this fresh and funny debut novel.
The once-close Sunday sisters have not done a bang-up job of keeping in touch. Cassie is consumed with trying to make her life work as a Manhattan wife and mom to twin toddlers, while her bighearted sister, Sid, lives an expat’s life of leisure in far-off Singapore. So Sid, who shuns social media, challenges Cassie to reconnect through old-fashioned letters.
Soon, the letters become a kind of mutual confessional that have real and soul-satisfying effects. They just might have the power to help Cassie save her marriage, and give Sid the strength to get her life back on track.
But first, one of Cassie’s infamous lapses in judgment comes back to bite her, and all of the letters wind up in the one place you’d never, ever want to see them: the Internet. 



August 10 - August 17

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